KING CHARLES I (GREAT BRITAIN) - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT UNSIGNED 09/02/1648 - HFSID 51607
Sale Price $2,550.00
KING CHARLES I (ENGLAND). Manuscript Document unsigned, 1p with integral second leaf, 7¾x12, affixed to 8¼x12½ backing sheet. No place, 1648 September 2.Itemized bill to Thomas Fauconbridge, Receiver-General of the Revenue, for materials required by the King's tailor, David Murray, to make for His Majesty three suits of clothes, a velvet cassock, six pair of drawers and an Aurora silk waist coat, for the total amount of £129.0.6d, signed by Humphrey Carter on behalf of William Geere. Accompanied by 1p, 7½x11½ manuscript copy (affixed to 7¾x12¼ backing sheet) of an order of the Committee of Revenue to Fauconbridge to provide specified items of clothing for the King. King Charles I, born in 1600, had ascended to the thrones of England and Scotland in 1625. A long struggle for supremacy between King and Parliament erupted into civil war in 1642. Captured by the Scottish Presbyterian army in 1646, he was turned over to English parliamentary forces in 1647. At the date of these documents, Charles I was awaiting trial on charges of treason. (His tailor Murray, mentioned in the document, had been implicated in a failed escape attempt but allowed to remain in the King's service.) Tried for treason by Parliament in January, 1849, and convicted by a single vote (68-67), Charles was beheaded on January 30, 1649. Whether before that date he had an opportunity to wear his new vestments is unclear. After the death of Charles' adversary, Oliver Cromwell, and the Restoration of the Monarchy (1860), two ofCharles I's sons would ascend to the throne as Charles II and James II, the latter losing his throne but not his head in the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688. Historians have generally been kind to Charles I, portraying him as a well intentioned if politically maladroit ruler and by no means a despot. Both items are lightly creased and soiled, with slightly frayed edges. The Committee's order has a ¾" vertical tear at center of left margin. Overall, fine condition.
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